Pedestrians, especially, children in Accra are at risk of suffering electrocution, as a number of street light poles in the capital have their wires exposed.
Most of these poles have their joint wires that connect power from underground mains to the poles dangling outside the galvanised poles.
In April this year, the Daily Graphic undertook a fact-finding visit to some parts of the national capital and gathered that many cables were hanging out of the poles.
Upon close observation, some of the wires which were wrapped with Sellotape and other exposed ones without lids, according to some residents, had remained unattended to for months.
The exposed wires in broken junction boxes have been blamed on lack of maintenance and persistent theft of copper cables and the metal covers that hold the cables inside the light pole pipes.
There are about 40,000 street light poles, mainly wooden and galvanised ones, under the jurisdiction of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA)
Among the areas visited were the Central Business District (CBD), Kaneshie, the Graphic Road, the Barnes Road that stretches from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) to the Holy Spirit Cathedral, Achimota, the High Street and the Liberation Road.
According to experts, although the wires had been Sellotaped, experts said they still posed a great danger to pedestrians.
At Adabraka, a number of people, including schoolchildren, walk past the dangerous street light poles, often unaware of the risk of receiving electric shocks if their bodies touched the cables dangling outside.
To find answers to the challenge, the Daily Graphic visited the AMA where, an assistant engineer in charge of Work Schedules, Eric Afful Baiden, acknowledged the problem, which he said had persisted since 2017.
He blamed persistent theft of electrical cables and destruction of street lights as a major challenge undermining the assembly’s effort to maintain the street lights in the capital.
“People deliberately remove the metal cover of the light poles to remove the cables and also steal metal covers, and it is costly replacing the metal covers and cables,” he said.
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